KANAZAWA, ISHIKAWA PREF. – Motorcycle chain manufacturer Daido Kogyo Co. said Wednesday it has developed a small electric vehicle that can move across the water in floods and other disaster situations.
The company in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, aims to start selling the four-seat car, dubbed FOMM Concept One, in October next year, mainly in Southeast Asia where floods are common and auto markets are expected to expand.
The new vehicle is about 2.5 meters long and 1.3 meters wide and weighs 460 kg. It has no floor pedals and is operated entirely by hand, like a motorcycle. It can travel about 100 km on one three-hour battery charge, with a maximum speed of 3.8 kph.
The company has yet to set a price for the new electric car, and has not yet decided whether to sell it in Japan.